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Jan 28, 2015
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Currency market still scarred by Swiss trauma

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By Swaha Pattanaik

 The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

On the surface, currency trading has recovered from brutal swings triggered nearly two weeks ago when the Swiss National Bank suddenly abandoned its franc cap. But look a little deeper, and there are still signs of trauma. A surprise policy easing from Singapore on Jan. 28 will add to the market’s unease.

Jan 21, 2015
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Enjoy UK’s economic idyll while it lasts

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By Swaha Pattanaik

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Britain’s economy seems to have reached the sunny uplands. How long the halcyon days last is another question.

Jan 15, 2015
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Swiss give scary lesson on central banks’ limits

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By Swaha Pattanaik

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Central bankers have to live up to high expectations. Investors and politicians expect them to control inflation, prevent deflation, promote growth and keep the financial system healthy. The Swiss National Bank, an above-average institution, has failed at two simpler tasks, keeping its word and preventing destabilising currency moves. The lessons for the rest of the world are scary.

Jan 7, 2015
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Falling prices show ECB failed at its only mandate

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By Swaha Pattanaik

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Euro zone prices are falling annually, for the first time since 2009. Investors’ faith in the European Central Bank’s ability to deliver on its “price stability” mandate is falling even faster – and rightly so.

Jan 6, 2015
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Petrodollar drought is new risk for markets

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By Swaha Pattanaik

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Low oil prices hurt energy producers. They may hurt financial markets too.

For years, energy windfalls were large enough to give major oil producing nations surplus cash. Exporters accumulated foreign exchange reserves and put money into funds which aimed at stabilising economies, paying pensions or just earning a return on investments. The total assets under management of these “petrodollar” investors increased by $2.5 trillion between 2009 and 2014, according to Citi analysts’ calculations.

Oct 31, 2014
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Draghi can only dream of moving like BOJ’s Kuroda

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By Swaha Pattanaik

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

It is the stuff of dreams for President Mario Draghi. The European Central Bank chief can only fantasise about pushing through policy decisions with a one-vote majority, as Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda did on Friday. The euro zone economy is the poorer for his inability.

Oct 16, 2014
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Weaker euro won’t do much to stoke inflation

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By Swaha Pattanaik

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

The European Central Bank has been egging on the euro’s slide. It has a not-so-secret hope: a cheaper currency will bring some much desired inflation into the euro zone. Good luck.

Oct 14, 2014
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Commodity producer/trader boundary starts to blur

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By Swaha Pattanaik

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Commodity producers and traders were once very different beasts. But the distinctions between the two are increasingly fuzzy.

Sep 29, 2014
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Commodity bear market looks entrenched

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By Swaha Pattanaik

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

The commodities bear market looks entrenched. Strong supply-side responses, or successful economic stimulus by the European Central Bank, would be required to reverse price falls. Neither looks terribly likely.

Sep 5, 2014
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Euro has further to fall

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By Swaha Pattanaik

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Euro zone inflation is too low, and economic activity sluggish. But at least one thing is going the European Central Bank’s way. Its hankering for a weaker currency will be fully gratified.

    • About Swaha

      "Swaha is a columnist for Reuters Breakingviews. She has been covering financial markets and policymaking for 22 years, reporting on key economic and monetary milestones and breaking market-moving news. She was responsible for regional FX, bonds and stock market teams as Reuters EMEA Markets editor between 2008 and 2013. She was Senior Economics Correspondent in France between 2005 and 2008, European Economics and Monetary Affairs Correspondent in Brussels between 2001 and 2005 and headed up the Reuters FX reporting desk in London between 1998 and 2001. Swaha previously worked at Bloomberg, Euromoney and IDEA."
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